SAN ANTONIO – The three people accused of tying up two children in the backyard of a Northeast Bexar County home and abandoning them are scheduled to appear in court on Monday, the first day of their child abuse trial.
Porucha Phillips, 34, Deandre Dorch, 36, and Cheryl Reed, 30, are charged with first degree injury to a child causing serious bodily injury and second degree child abandonment. All three are scheduled to appear in the 187th District Court.
Bexar County sheriff’s officials said deputies arrived at the home in the 8100 block of Chipping on April 28, 2016 and found two children, ages 3 and 4 years old, tied up in the back yard with a dog chain and leash. One of the children was bound by the wrists, and the other was bound by the ankles, officials said. The children were transported to a hospital for numerous injuries.
Deputies also found six children, ranging in age from 10 months to 10 years old, inside the home, officials at the time said. There were no adults in the home.
An hour after the discovery, Phillips, the mother of the six children found inside the home, showed up at the residence with Dorch, officials said.
Reed, who was the mother of the two children found in the backyard, claimed she was in California. The trio were friends who had recently moved to Texas from California.
All three defendants could face up to life in prison if they are found guilty.
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